Many of you might have heard that Disney is ‘amazing’ when it comes to dietary restrictions. And I guess if we set the bar low, Disney World really is incredible for offering some many great eats (eats I happily share with you!)
But is Disney good for those who are gluten free? It really depends on your comfort level. My immediate family has a gluten intolerance, Celiac diagnosis and a FPIES allergy to gluten, so we all have different gluten thresholds. Let’s discuss what’s available at Disney World!
Is Disney Gluten Free Friendly?
Yes, Disney World has gluten free items, and they use the term Gluten Friendly for their menus. Some of these items are certified gluten free, some items are labeled gluten free, and some items are made without gluten. All of them are lumped under the term ‘Gluten Friendly’.
What restaurants at Disney are gluten-free?
Not all restaurants have a Gluten Free option. All of the Table Service options can accommodate gluten free, and many of the quick serve options can. For Quick Serve options, look for an allergy menu to see if they have gluten free modifications.
Why does Disney use the Term Gluten Friendly?
Disney wants you to know, that while they do their best when it comes to sourcing, storing and producing food, it is not in a dedicated facility. Disney is letting you know that things could change day to day on your vacation, and you need to check each and every time to your comfort level. Plus, Accidents happen and Disney is covering themselves for legal reasons.
Just like I’m going to insert my disclaimer… 🥰
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
Gluten Free items at the four main Disney Theme Parks
This is a quick list to help with planning, some places have one gluten free item, or have drinks- I’ve excluded those!
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- Aloha isle
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Cinderella’s Royal Table Character Dining
- Columbia Harbour House
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
- Liberty Square Market
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Main Street Bakery (has these certified gluten free snacks)
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- The Crystal Palace
- The Diamond Horseshoe
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- ABC Commissary
- Anaheim Produce
- Backlot Express
- Catalina Eddie’s
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Hollywood and Vine
- Hollywood Scoops
- Kat Saka’s Kettle
- KRNR The Rock Station
- Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
- Oga’s Cantina
- Rosie’s All American
- Roundup Rodeo BBQ- opening soon
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
- The Hollywood Brown Derby
- The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
- The Trolley Car Cafe (starbucks)
- Woody’s Lunch Box
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Chefs de France
- Choza de Margarita
- Crepes des Chefs de France
- Fife and Drum Tavern
- Katsura Grill
- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
- L’Artisan des Glaces
- La Hacienda de San Angel
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
- Les Vins des Chefs de France
- Monsieur Paul
- Nine Dragons Restaurant
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse
- Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room
- San Angel Inn
- Spice Road Table
- Teppan Edo
- Tokyo Dining
- Epcot Future World
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Garden Grill
- Space 220
- Sunshine Seasons
- Connections Eatery
- The Land Cart
- Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
- Caravan Road
- Creature Comforts
- Dawa Bar
- Dino Diner
- Dino-Bite Snacks
- Flame Tree Barbecue
- Harambe Fruit Market
- Harambe Market
- Nomad Lounge (churros!!!!)
- Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom
- Satu’li Canteen
- Tamu Tamu Refreshments
- Tusker House Restaurant
- Yak and Yeti Restaurant
It’s super important to note that not all options above will always be gluten free. We learned this the hard way when we had a different brand of turkey leg that was actually *not* gluten free. You always want to check these things, and I cover this and more important details inside Gluten Free Disney World Guide.
Finding Gluten Free at Disney Springs
Finding Gluten Free eats at Disney Springs is pretty comparable to a City. Some locations will have an allergy/gluten free menu, some will say they can do Gluten Free, but then not have anything and some will blow your socks off.
- D-Luxe Burger quick serve (Disney Owned)
- The BoatHouse.
- Raglan Road.
- Blaze Pizza
- Chicken Guy
- Rainforest Cafe
I would skip:
- CityWorks (they gave me my allergen there, after talking to the manager twice)
- Sprinkles (unless you do shared equipment/shared space)
- Everglaze Donuts
- Food Trucks
- Churro Stand
Finding Gluten Free at the Water Parks
Disney World has two water parks, only one is currently open.
Open now is Typhoon Lagoon. Here you can find gluten free options at one main location, Leaning Palms Quick Serve. Other stands/booths have allergy options and you can check those to see your comfort level. See the full review for Typhoon Lagoon here, including snacks and ice cream options.
Do the Disney World resorts have Gluten Free options?
Yes! In some ways, they might have more options than the parks. If you are going to a moderate or deluxe resort, you’ll find a lot of options. The values also have options, including at least two options at each meal BUT they only have one quick. Since they only have one quick serve, the options are somewhat limited by storage and what they can make.
At the Moderates and Deluxe resorts there are more food locations, meaning more options for Gluten Free. Not every food location will have items like gluten free bread or dessert, but every option will have things like a protein and a side.
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How does Disney World compare to Universal Studios Orlando for Gluten Free
Disney World and Universal Studios are my favorite options to compare… why? Because there’s so many options!
In short form, both Disney World and Universal can provide Gluten Free options in the Parks, the Water Parks and the Resorts. Both have snack options, and both have options at Festivals.
So which is better? Right now it’s Disney World. Simply because there menu is easy to navigate, and they have more options at each of the eateries. They also have better allergy procedures at booths/stands so you can see if something is gluten friendly. BUT, Universal is a heavy contender. It would not surprise me to see them matched in a year or so.
You can check out Universal Gluten Free for more.
No matter your comfort level, there is something Gluten Free at Disney World for you. Some people will do better with Table Service Restaurants, and some will do better following the Gluten Friendly Menus.
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